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2018 Field Trip Schedule
WHAT TO BRING: If the trip is scheduled to go beyond 11:00 a.m., bring a lunch. Binoculars are essential; scopes, field guides, insect repellant, layered clothing and waterproof footwear are suggested. Notice that even trips which don't have a set leader will still take place - we'll all pitch in and have a good trip anyhow.
1. Bird Walk at Lake St. Clair Metropark/DNR
January 13th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the Lake St. Clair Metropark Nature Center in Harrison Township. Bring binoculars and pack a lunch! We’ll take a hike through the trails, looking for birds but open to whatever we happen to find. Afterward, we’ll head back to the Nature Center to enjoy lunch. If you wish to continue birding after lunch, you’ll have the option to head to the DNR Public Access site located at the end of South River Road. We might just get lucky and see a Northern Saw-whet Owl! Metroparks sticker or day pass required for entry to LSCMP. Recreation passport may be required at DNR.
2. Sterling Heights Nature Center Owl Prowl
January 18th (Thursday) 7:30 p.m.
Meet at the Sterling Heights Nature Center at 7:30PM on each date for a short talk about owls, followed by an owling hike ($2 drop in fee). To view this and other Nature Center events, visit the Sterling Heights Nature Center website or simply click here.
3. Belle Isle Shiver on the River
February 3rd (Saturday) 10:00 a.m.
Take a trip to Belle Isle for this year’s “Shiver on the River” event, hosted by the Friends of the Detroit River. Check out lots of activities and opportunities to watch for birds. This event is self-directed (though we expect a good turnout of Macomb Audubon members), and lasts from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. More info is available at the Friends of the Detroit River website or click here.
4. Annual Bird Walk at Beaudette Park
February 17th (Saturday) 10:00 a.m.
Meet at 10:00 a.m. at the entrance to Beaudette Park, located at 786 Orchard Lake Road in Pontiac. This annual bird walk is always a blast and we get a great crowd! It could be the exceptional birding at this little jewel of a park, or the fact that we have lunch at China Jade afterward… either way- it’s a great day with birds, friends and delicious food- a win-win!
5. Tundra Swan Trek
A trek to Canada to see the migrating Tundra Swans will be spur-of-the-moment, as their arrival is not easy to predict, especially with climate change effecting migration habits. Stay tuned… we’ll send out email updates via our yahoo group site once we choose a date and time.
6. Kensington Metropark - Leader: Charles Smart
March 28 (Wednesday) 8:00am
On I-96 go about 12 miles west of I-275 to exit 151. From the top of the exit, go straight into the park. We’ll meet at the nature center, which is about 0.5 miles from the entrance station. We should get to see waterfowl, gulls, early passerines, and raptors. Be sure to bring your binoculars and spotting scopes. Look forward to seeing everyone!Entrance fee or Metropark pass is required.
9. Port Huron State Game Area - Leader: Charles Smart, Contact: Micki Special
June 2 (Saturday) 8:00 a.m.
This field trip will be led by Charles Smart, and will cover portions of the over 6,000 acres of land that make up Port Huron State Game Area. Bring your binoculars, water, and a snack/lunch and be ready for some great birding! The state game area includes many different access points. Directions to our specific meet-up point(s) are as follows (parking map included below).
-Take I-94 east to exit 271 to merge onto I-69 W toward Flint. After 2.7 miles, take exit 196 for Wadhams Rd. In 0.4 miles, turn right onto N Wadhams Rd. After about a mile, this turns into Vincent Rd. Continue straight on Vincent for 3.3 miles, then make a left on Shoefelt Rd. The parking area will be on the left, just before the road becomes a trail (Parking Spot A on map).
-After this trek, time permitting, we’ll take Shoefelt Rd. back to Vincent and make a left, heading north toward M-136/Beard Rd. Make another left on Beard Rd, heading west. After 1 mile you will reach Wildcat Road (keep driving) and after another 1 mile, park at an obvious wide dirt parking area on the left side of the road, just before crossing the Black River (Parking Spot B on map).
Questions? Contact Micki Special 586-291-9881